On your way somewhere, if you see someone reversing their back to the other way after realizing a black cat has just crossed their way, you will probably ignore it politely or burst in laugh thinking such idiots do live in this planet. In a country like here, these incidents are rarely observed. But, if you were to witness the same scene in Nepal and giggle at it, you will be giggled back. These things are very relevant back there. The culture I belong to is so shrouded in mysticism that superstitions have become a way of life. People follow it with their eyes closed. Let alone uneducated folks, even educated are seen taking part in the act. Superstitions have been passed down from generations to generations, and surprising it is still as fresh as snow. While some superstitions are seemingly harmless, some have very disgraceful reflection on the society.
Like the black cat incident mentioned above, there are many restrictions drawn to certain things to avoid imaginary complications. And if you have people in the family who actually takes superstitions seriously, they will make you go nuts. It is impossible to change their perception. My grandparents live with my family and I have frequently been part of their imaginary belief since a kid. No matter how modern I consider myself, I have made a habit of listening to them, well at least sometimes.
A funny instance happened last summer when my grandma advised me to postpone my long planned trip to Georgia. Citing that it is inauspicious to take a long journey to anywhere on Saturday, she heavily insisted to delay it for another day. As per her, one shouldn’t leave their house on Saturday for luxury as it will bring lots of obstacles on the way. Without caring, I left hastily as she had objected on situations like this several times. But after half-way through the trip, I regretted myself for not complying with her advice. It really turned out to be an unfortunate day. I unknowingly left my phone in the McDonald’s restroom and also got a ticket for driving faster in the working zone. I was like a person lost in the wilderness.
Never in my life had I been so confused about superstitions before. For some strange reason, my grandma predicted it right. Not just this one, my grandparents have always yelled me for cleaning my room at night, looking at the broken mirror, etc. Honestly, I do not know why they say so. Everything unusual thing they say or do has to do with being good or bad luck only. When I asked about the logic behind these restraints, they simply say they have been doing these for a long time and there is no excuse why I shouldn’t follow it. I may not belong to their generations, but since my grandma proved me wrong once, I have changed some of my habits to accommodate with their opinions. I guess it is more about keeping the traditions alive. These harmless examples of...